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Apr 04, 2019


  • Mr. Yea, named as COO last September, has been appointed as the new CEO
  • Intention to boost sales globally based on 37-year experience in sales and marketing sectors
  • Expected to solve challenges as in marketing, brand and growth strategies
  • Commitment to change SsangYong into ‘small but strong company’

SEOUL: SsangYong Motor Company, part of the Mahindra Group, has announced that it has appointed the incumbent Chief Operating Officer, Byung-tae Yea, as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Mr. Yea joined has had a lengthy career in the automotive industry, starting with the Hyundai Motor Company in 1982.  He has held the position of President - Marketing & Product at Hyundai-Kia Motors in its regional offices in Asia, the Middle East and in Europe, and he was also Vice President and Head of Hyundai Commercial Vehicles. Mr. Yea joined SsangYong Motor Company in 2018 and has been serving as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Operating Officer.

New CEO, Byung-tae Yea, plans to expand SsangYong’s domestic sales and to pursue diversification of the overseas market actively based on his valuable experience in automobile sales and marketing sectors both at home, and abroad.

Commenting on this appointment, Dr. Pawan Kumar Goenka, Chairman of the SsangYong Motors Board of Directors said, "The SsangYong Motors board is delighted to welcome Mr Yea to the family and believes that his rich and varied knowledge of Product, Marketing & Exports will continue to build the legacy of SsangYong Motors as the most respected Korean Automotive company."

Mr Yea has expressed the importance of continuous improvement of product planning and design, flexible thinking, quick application and execution of new ideas.

Mr Yea commented, “SsangYong Motors proves its valuable heritage, the prestigious Korean SUV and 4x4 specialist. We will attract more customers by launching competitive products such as the Tivoli and Korando, writing a new success story that is growing one step further. I will make every effort to transform SsangYong Motors into a small but strong company with our unique attraction, as well as to solidify the company’s position as a global SUV automaker by strengthening the partnership between M&M (Mahindra and Mahindra) and SsangYong.”


SsangYong Press Office Contact

Vanessa Cox                                                    07535 875997                   vanessa.cox@smotor.co.uk

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